With a last minute addition of onion skins and a using a strained bath... a bit brighter, cleaner than expected. Old silk and old cotton, no mordants except that orange one. Soymilk on old cotton. Good beginnings. Over-dyed a bit of previously dyed indigo linen and cotton as well. Brought to a boil and left overnight. Copper Dye Po(e)t Scrubbed and retired.
Fire still burning. Until it burns out. Long enough for morning tea. 42 degrees and windy. No more fires. Enough. There are plenty of cloths to wrap ourselves in.
Cannot get enough of May's mornings. Though it was barely 40 here when I woke.
Fire building again.
This will end up being the center of something. And in my mind I am already calling it The Thread that runs through It.
Since it is chilly today and I have a fire going,I'll make use of that. I will boil up the pot of windfall and food scraps and such that I have sitting here and throw some old cloth in it, then clean up the copper pot and put it to rest for the season. Based on my experience, I expect Yellow Earth to be the color of the day. And this to be the last fire of the season.
There are gaps in my thinking. And everything else.
This month is both free and not free.
We cleared the hill of last year's growth. Just to be here, outside in the warmer than usual days. I saved the remaining sumac berries which have dried on the branches of small trees we have removed to get rid of brush that holds dampness and encourages mosquitoes. It will rain for days now so I left the copper bucket outside while we are away and around. I've plans to remove all dyestuff stored in the freezer here as well. Perhaps a little spring dyeing to use it up.
And I drew this. And I will draw it 8 more times. Repeat the thought. 9. A good number. Now, more often back on paper, I have begun to grasp the effect of being with cloth for so long. As I did in reverse when I moved from paper to cloth so long ago. The materials reshape us, like any relationship. I have found myself mending. Patching holes in old paper with bits of paper. Patching over lines not wanted with bits of paper instead of erasing. This also allows me to use bits of paper too small to draw on. Design mending. Mostly though, I am thinking about paper like I think about cloth. This will help a new style emerge. This is exciting and feels freer than just trying to go back to something. Repeat it.
I have decided to move Feel Free to another site, to make it better. It takes a lot of planning to get it right. In April I will resume my efforts with all of that. Right now I am just going. I appreciate all the new support and your patience as I navigate March, which finds me so in between.
In some way I am always looking through patchwork. So this is good. That patchwork might be a window to something else.
The center could be anything really. I am playing around with some eco dyed samples from way back. Using them. Finally. I am not dyeing this year except for indigo that I might need to complete some big cloth. I don't need to dye much anymore. I have stacks of old experiments to share with you eventually, the cloths and the process. As I use them. Make blankets.
I like the contrast between the organic and the grid. I like the square ring. The background cloth is cotton linen and has dragonflies woven right into it. The center cloth is silk. This will be a big cloth. With a lot of space. For radiating outward. In a less kind of way.